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2009-02-05 17:19:13

The U.S. Climate Prediction Center (CPC) said on Thursday that La Nina weather will remain until spring of this year, but should gradually weaken during that time. "A majority of the model forecasts ... indicate a gradual weakening of La Nina through February-April 2009, with an eventual transition to neutral conditions," said the CPC, an office under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in its monthly update. La Nina, which literally means "little girl" in Spanish,...

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2009-02-04 16:36:01

A new study by researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) finds that warming and cooling cycles in the Indian Ocean may be responsible for Australia's major droughts. El Nino events in the Pacific Ocean have were previously thought responsible for the droughts, which over the past 120 years include the Federation drought (1895-1902), the World War Two drought (1937-1945), and the present drought (post-1995) -- the worst in 100 years.  However, the new research shows the...

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2009-01-09 12:35:00

On Friday, the United Nation's Weather agency WMO said that it might feel cold in Europe, but the world is getting hotter and global warming remains a danger."The Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization, Michel Jarraud, has stressed that we mustn't confuse the current weather that we're seeing with global warming," WMO spokeswoman Gaelle Sevenier told a news briefing.On Thursday, temperatures plunged to a record low in Germany and heavy snow plummeted down on Marseille in...

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2008-12-30 15:15:00

British climate scientists said on Tuesday that the coming year is likely to be one of the top-five warmest on record. Despite the continued cooling of huge areas of the Pacific Ocean "” a phenomenon known as La Nina"”the average global temperature for 2009 is expected to be more than 0.4 degrees Celsius above the long-term average. According to researchers at the Met Office, that would make it the warmest year since 2005, as there is also a growing probability of record...

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2008-12-10 10:15:32

The latest image of sea-surface height measurements from the U.S./French Jason-1 oceanography satellite shows the Pacific Ocean remains locked in a strong, cool phase of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, a large, long-lived pattern of climate variability in the Pacific associated with a general cooling of Pacific waters. The image also confirms that El Niño and La Niña remain absent from the tropical Pacific. The new image is available online at:...

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2008-10-05 08:40:00

Scientists around the world are using everything from weather balloons to airplanes and even a yellow submarine to solve the intriguing climate conundrum of Peru, which is getting colder as the rest of the planet heats up. Hoping to better understand the complex dynamics of the southeastern Pacific, researchers from the U.S., Europe and South America began gathering vast amounts of data from clouds, the shoreline and deep underwater this week. The area hosts 20 percent of the world's fish...

2008-09-21 03:00:17

By Festa, David ". . . Ocean surface temperatures worldwide have risen on average 0.9[degrees]F, and ocean waters in many tropical regions have risen by almost 2[degrees] over the past century. This is 30 times the amount of heat that has been added to the atmosphere. . . ." MARINE BIOLOGIST Chris Rader recalls childhood summers when his father, Environmental Defense scientist Doug Rader, would take him diving in the Virgin Islands: "Schools of butterfly fish and Queen angelfish would swim...

2008-07-30 09:00:45

By Bill Scanlon Wheat is withering, hungry cattle are being sold to Kansas, and lawns and fields are browning as Colorado endures record heat and dry conditions that may be the continuation of a 10-year pattern. Denver is on pace to have its driest year in history, as a third consecutive La Nina weather cycle weakens storms headed for Colorado. And the end isn't in sight. After Tuesday's high of 93 degrees, and the rest of the forecast not changing much, it looks as if metro Denver...

2008-07-12 00:00:16

By The Associated Press Bertha weakens MIAMI (AP) -- Forecasters say Hurricane Bertha has weakened to a Category 1 storm as it heads toward Bermuda, but could re-strengthen in the next 24 hours. Forecasters said Bertha has started producing large swells and high surf there. As of about 5 p.m. EDT Thursday, the center of the storm was about 425 miles southeast of Bermuda. Maximum sustained winds are about 85 mph with some higher gusting. The Atlantic season's first hurricane is traveling...

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2008-07-08 19:15:00

Imagine the lives that could be saved from flash floods and drought, the millions of dollars in fuel costs that could be avoided for fishing vessels, and the homes that could be spared from the effects of coastline erosion if only scientists could more accurately predict the dynamics of Earth's often unpredictable oceans. Armed with increasingly more accurate forecasts, weather services in countries across the globe are improving time-sensitive warnings of cyclones, flooding and high sea...


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Climate Impact On Your Budget For Billings Montana
2012-12-29 12:40:14

If you live in or around Billings, Montana the above graph shows you what you can roughly expect when it comes to heating and cooling your house during the ENSO Phases. In Billings during a normal phase of the ENSO your heating degree days pass 900HDD. However, when El-Nino phase is present the monthly average dropped to around 650.5HDD, which is a pretty significant amount especially when you are talking about paying that heating bill. When the La-Nina phase sets up the heating degree...

ENSO Impacts on Baltimore Tornado Count
2012-12-29 12:12:03

ENSO has an impact on the severe weather across the United States.  As we look at the above graph we see that the area of Baltimore is impacted by ENSO and its tornado count. The stats are for the described years to the left of each bar. During a La-Nina the tornado count picks up for the region; within 50 miles of the city up to 9 tornadoes occurred during the 2000 event. The 2010 EL-Nino set into the region and the tornado count dropped to around 4 tornadoes within 50 miles of the...

Climate Impact On Your Budget For Bismarck, North Dakota
2012-09-18 13:29:03

If you live in or around Bismarck North Dakota the graph shows you what you can roughly expect when it comes to heating and cooling your house during the ENSO Phases. Bismarck North Dakota, with its northern latitude, does have an impact on what type of heating and cooling it sees. During an Normal Phase the HDD for the region hits about 1348 on average. When the region enters into an El-Nino they can expect the amount of HDD’s to decrease to around 970 which really helps cut down on the...

ENSO Effects On Ocean Waters
2012-09-14 11:46:45

The above graph highlights how the ENSO has an impact on water temps. Northern Gulf of Mexico during EL-Nino: The first part of March during this EL-Nino cycle saw water temps in the 56-60F range, while the 8-14th saw water temps warm to the 60-64F range. By the third week of March temps had maintained 60-64F. The last week of March the temps dropped back to around 56-60F. Northern Gulf of Mexico during LA-Nina: The first week of March saw water temps approach the 70-72F range, by the...

Winds Impacted By The Cycles Of ENSO
2012-09-03 16:44:02

When it comes to wind, more and more people are turning to it as alternative option for electricity. One has to wonder what kind of impacts would be created by the different cycles of ENSO. The above graph has been done for Boston MA. The month of choice was to run it for March of all three cycles. Normal Cycle: (When we are in between EL-Nino and La-Nina) winds averaged around 0-5mph 9% of the month of March. While 6-10mph average winds occurred more often with 35%. And then winds in the...

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